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EXTRA: Craig Air Force Base: 40 Years Later

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Craig Air Force Base was used a pilot training facility for 37 years before it was shut down in 1977. According to records, Craig Air Force Base had a population of 5,000 people and at one point in its history was one of the busiest airports in the United States. Craig had an annual payroll of…

Fighting Rumors: The Cost Of False Alarms And Threats

A bomb threat to a Bullock County High School, a threat of mass casualties in Crenshaw County Schools, and hearsay of a shooting at Troy University; all examples of costly rumors. The recent threat at Troy left the entire campus on high alert. ” a writing on the bathroom wall in the dining hall saying that there would be a…

EXTRA: 25 Years of TV Talk in Montgomery

2017 marks 25 years of the TV talk show “Good Afternoon Montgomery”, hosted by Joe Hagler. Through the years, the show has moved from CBS 8 to ABC Montgomery to its current home on CW Montgomery. But Hagler has always been at the helm. His show got its start as “Good Morning Montgomery” in 1992. He’s gone through several co-hosts,…

EXTRA: Gov. Kay Ivey Marks First 100 Days in Office

Gov. Kay Ivey is marking her 100th day in office this week. She took office April 10, after former Gov. Robert Bentley resigned during an investigation into his administration and personal conduct. Ivey sat down with Alabama News Network anchor Stefanie Hicks for an Exclusive one-on-one interview to talk about her first 100 days. Ivey pointed out that newly-elected governors…

Church Bus Safety

Tragedy struck an Alabama church last month when a bus full of people headed to do mission work crashed on an Atlanta highway leaving a 17-year-old girl dead. Since then the driver of that bus has been charged with second-degree homicide by vehicle. Now other churches are checking their safety protocols to make sure they’re safe when they take the…

EXTRA: “What’s in Your Food?”

Take a look in your pantry… and you’ll probably find that most of your food labels state they have been genetically engineered in some way. But what does that mean? And is it safe? Wendy Yeager is a fourth generation farmer. She and her husband run a 970 acre farm in Dallas County growing soybeans, cotton, sorghum and peanuts. The…

The Truth Behind Fake News

The term fake news has gained popularity in the past year.  It’s often the focus of political speeches, late-late night talk shows and now legislation in a few states. It’s also a topic of discussion in journalism classes at Troy University.  Dr. Jeff Spurlock is the director of the Hall School of Journalism and he says many of his students…

‘HOT DOG 100′ – 100 Years of Chris’ Hot Dogs

Greek immigrant Christopher Katechis, Opened the doors to Montgomery’s oldest family owned and operated restaurant May, 1, 1917. Now, a century later, his son , Theo Katechis, and grandson Gus Katechis are keeping the family legacy alive as co-owners of the Montgomery landmark. Theo explains that his father “came here through Ellis Island, and settled here and opened up a…

EXTRA: Autism in Alabama

Autism. It is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders. And it affects one in 68 children in the U.S. It can cost an average family 60 thousand dollars a year. Yet, Alabama is one of the few states that does not mandate insurance to cover the costs for therapy. “Our biggest fear is as they get older, they can not function…

EXTRA: Saving the Ben Moore Hotel

 Just a few blocks from downtown Montgomery, you’ll find a a building that might look abandoned on the outside. It sits right across from the parsonage of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior, which is now an often visited museum. And much like the parsonage – it too is one of the most historic pieces of property in the city. So what…